Clarence Bruns Jr.

Published 8:22 am Friday, June 26, 2015

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Clarence “Sugar Bear” Bruns Jr. was born on Dec. 29, 1947, to the late Clarence Bruns Sr. and Rosa Lee Polk Bruns of Bogalusa. He passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015, at the St. Tammany Hospital in Covington.

He was baptized at an early age at Bethlehem Baptist Church and attended with his mother faithfully. Clarence Jr. graduated from Central Memorial High School in 1967. He attended Southern University for two years, pursuing an industrial education degree. He left Southern University to serve his country in the United States Air Force for 12 years as a tech sergeant. He served time in Japan and Guam. After serving his country, he received an honorable discharge and returned to Bogalusa to obtain a job in New Orleans for 35 years with the transit company where he retired. Clarence was a member of St. Luke No. 4 Lodge P. H. A. of New Orleans and Deacons of Defense. He would attend the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Bogalusa. Clarence loved his son and grandchildren, as well as all of his family and friends. He did whatever his hands found to do in helpful ways for his family and the community people.

Clarence leaves to cherish his memory a loving son, Theodore Benjamin Bruns of Baton Rouge; the mother of his son, Charmaine Auzenne; one sister, Charlotte Bruns of Austin, Texas ; three brothers, the Rev. Dr. Atwood J. (Loreane) Luter of Bogalusa, twin brother, the Rev. Dr. Clinton (Clarette) Bruns of Benicia, Calif., and Andree R. (Betty) Powell of Hattiesburg, Miss.; a loving uncle, Jimmie Mondy of Inglewood, Calif.; sister -in-law, Cynthia Bruns of Houston; great-aunt, Maudessa Brumfield of Bogalusa; five grandchildren; godsister, Juanita Sue (Howard Sr.) Hall of Baton Rouge; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Clarence Jr. was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence (Rosa Lee) Bruns Sr.; brother, Chris Bruns; sister, Christine B. Saxton; brother-in-law; and sister-in-law, Joyce Evans Luter.

The visitation will begin Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., and the funeral at Cook-Richmond Funeral Home will follow. Dr. Atwood J. Luter, pastor at Mount Zion Baptist Church, will be officiating, and Dr. Clinton Bruns (his twin brother) will give the eulogy. Cook- Richmond is in charge of the arrangements.